Hot new SUVs and 4×4 cars coming soon

There’s a whole host of exciting new SUVs and 4x4s on the way over the next few years, and we’ve picked out some of the highlights

It’s been a fantastic summer, but now the weather is starting to get colder and the roads are becoming more treacherous with the prospect of frost and ice. In these conditions SUVs and 4x4s really have the chance to shine and show why they are so popular at the moment.

Whatever the winter weather brings, all-wheel drive vehicles have the tools to deal with it. However, before you rush to the nearest showroom and buy one of the current SUVs on sale, why not take a look at some of the new models on the way. 

• Best SUVs and 4x4s to buy now

A quick look at the list of cars coming to the market in 2019  and beyond, and you can see that there are plenty of 4x4s due to come on sale in the next couple of years. Almost every car brand is trying to fulfil the growing consumer demand for high-riding SUVs.

Although there are so many off-roaders on the way, we’ve rounded up the ones worth waiting for. From hotly-anticipated all-electric models such as the Audi e-tron, BMW iX3 and Tesla Model Y to more traditional models such as the next Land Rover Defender, there should be something for everyone in our selection of hot new 4x4s to suit everyone. 

Scroll down the page for our pick of the hottest coming your way from a variety of top top car brands… 

The hottest new 4x4s and SUVs coming soonMercedes GLE

On sale: Now 

The all-new GLE is on sale now, and the first buyers will get their cars in the spring. It will have more space, a hi-tech cabin and off-road systems that, Mercedes says, will make it better off-road than a Range Rover.

An 80mm-longer wheelbase gives more room than in the old GLE, and a seven-seat option will be offered, too. A new hydropneumatic active body control set-up should allow for huge wheel articulation off road, yet comfort on it.

In the UK, the GLE will be launched with one diesel and a mild-hybrid petrol, while plug-in hybrids and an AMG will follow later.

Citroen C5 Aircross

On sale: January 2019 

It’s been a long time coming, but Citroen’s largest SUV – and a rival to the Skoda Kodiaq – will finally hit dealers early next year.

Inspired by the Aircross concept seen at the Shanghai Motor Show back in 2015, the production car comes loaded with kit. The C5 Aircross sits on the same platform as the Peugeot 5008, and will be launched with familiar petrol and diesel engines, before a plug-in hybrid arrives later.

Two-tier LED lighting gives it a distinctive face, while subtle Airbumps ensure that it’s instantly recognisable as a Citroen SUV. Prices should start from around £23,000 when the car goes on sale in January.

BMW X7

On sale: March 2019           

BMW is going after the Range Rover with the new X7. Aimed mainly at customers in the US and China, where bigger is always better, it’s the largest SUV the firm has ever built.

Inside you’ll find a unique seating arrangement; three rows of two seats should provide limousine-like luxury, although you can specify a traditional three-seat middle row if you wish.

BMW’s latest iDrive infotainment system is controlled through a new 12.3-inch dash display, which can also be used via gesture control technology. A 262bhp 3.0-litre diesel, badged xDrive30d, will be the most popular engine option in the UK. 

Audi e-tron

On sale: Early 2019           

Audi looks set to deliver one of the more convincing premium EV SUVs when its e-tron arrives next spring.

The new model has a pair of electric motors, one on each axle, and can deliver up to 402bhp for up to 10 seconds at a time. The range is steady rather than stellar, at 248 miles at least on the tougher WLTP test cycle.

Neat touches include the option of cameras instead of side mirrors (they display the side views on screens in the door liners), and an ultra-cool charging socket flap that glides open.

Range Rover Evoque

On sale: Early 2019

Land Rover has a busy couple of years ahead; one year before the all-new Defender takes its long-awaited bow in 2020, the second-generation Range Rover Evoque will hit showrooms.

We’ve yet to see the new car undisguised, but our exclusive image (above) and early spy shots suggest it will take an evolutionary approach to its design. Spy pics we’ve seen of the interior, meanwhile, show a Velar-inspired twin touchscreen will be a highlight.

The Evoque looks set to be constructed on a platform that can support mild-hybrid technology. A five-door will again spearhead the range. 

Volkswagen T-Cross

On sale: Early 2019

The T-Cross is the smallest of VW’s five SUVs and will be wading into the most competitive new car market when it arrives early next year. The firm is late to the compact SUV party, and knows it, but claims this has allowed it to evaluate what buyers like and don’t like and create the most compelling model on the market.

Based on the Polo supermini, the T-Cross shares that car’s 1.0-litre engines and gearboxes, but drivers sit 100mm higher. It’ll be more practical, with a 455-litre boot and a sliding rear bench. Prices will start at around £16,500 when it hits dealers early next year.

Skoda baby SUV

On sale: Late 2019    

Another pocket-sized SUV landing in 2019 will be Skoda’s small SUV. The covers will officially come off in the second half of the year, but our exclusive image gives you a good idea of what to expect.

The unnamed SUV will sit beneath the Karoq in the brand’s range and be the most practical car in its class, according to Skoda boss Bernhard Maier. It will also offer ‘Simply Clever’ features, such as and ice scraper behind the fuel cap and an umbrella in the door. The engine range will be dominated by 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbos. 

BMW iX3

On sale: 2020            

BMW’s first all-electric SUV is due in showrooms within two years – and instead of following the radical design of the i3 and i8 models, this car will stick more closely to the existing X3.

Previewed by a near-production-ready concept at this year’s Beijing Motor Show, the iX3 will take the fight to Jaguar’s I-Pace and the Tesla Model X. BMW claims a range of 249 miles on the new WLTP test cycle, with fast charging capability.

The maker has trademarked the model names iX1 to iX9, too, hinting that a family of all-electric SUVs could follow.

Tesla Model Y

On sale: 2020           

Tesla is still struggling to deliver the huge backlog of orders for its Model 3, so first deliveries of that car’s SUV sister, the Model Y, have been pushed back until 2020.

That’s a real shame because the US company’s smallest SUV should have the right ingredients to succeed in a market that continues to shift towards electrification. We’d expect it to use the Model 3’s running gear, with four-wheel drive and up to around 300 miles of range from a single charge, and it should get that car’s minimalist cabin treatment and stunning infotainment screen, too.

Land Rover Defender

On sale: Late 2020          

We’ve known for a while that an all-new Land Rover Defender is coming, and the firm is deep into development of its reborn icon.

Most recently, the 4×4 has been spotted by spy photographers near JLR’s Gaydon HQ in Warks, wearing full production bodywork underneath a fairly substantial disguise.

The classic, boxy shape appears intact on this five-door, while three-door SWB and pick-up variants are also planned.

Recently, Jaguar Land Rover’s chief marketing officer Felix Bräutigam told Auto Express that first customers will get their Defenders in 2020, and we anticipate prices should start from around £40,000.

Which future SUV are you looking forward to the most? Let us know below…

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Hot new SUVs and 4×4 cars coming soon

There’s a whole host of exciting new SUVs and 4x4s on the way over the next few years, and we’ve picked out some of the highlights

It’s been a fantastic summer, but now the weather is starting to get colder and the roads are becoming more treacherous with the prospect of frost and ice. In these conditions SUVs and 4x4s really have the chance to shine and show why they are so popular at the moment.

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